Council of German Observatories

Research and Science

The Council of German Observatories (Rat Deutscher Sternwarten, RDS) represents the common interests of all German astronomical institutes against funding agencies, governments and international organisations. It currently has 38 member institutes.

Chairman of the RDS is Professor Dr. Matthias Steinmetz, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP)

Contact: Secretary General Dr. Janine Fohlmeister

Email: rds (@)

Terms of operation: RDS-Geschäftsordnung.pdf (in german)


Executive committee:

Prof. Matthias Steinmetz (chairman, AIP Potsdam)

Prof. Dr. Joachim Wambsganß (deputy chairman, ZAH Heidelberg)

Prof. Dr. Marcus Brüggen (Uni Hamburg)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Burkert (Uni München)

Dr. Eva Schinnerer (MPIA Heidelberg)

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Stutzki (Uni Köln)

Dr. Linda Tacconi (MPE Garching)

Prof. Dr. Jörn Wilms (Uni Bamberg)



  • The RDS represents the German Astronomy in the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and suggests German Astronomers for individual IAU-Memberships.

Further informations regarding the RDS:



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